Microsoft has found another place to put advertisements on your Windows 10 PC
Microsoft wants to keep you abreast of its latest promotions and offers.
To do this, the Redmond-based technology company is nagging users on their Windows 10 lockscreen.
This is nothing new.
Microsoft was heavily criticised after it rolled-out a fullscreen Tomb Raider advertisement on users' lockscreen back in Feb 2016.
By default, the Windows 10 lockscreen defaults to Windows Spotlight mode.
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This allows the US technology firm to show you pictures it thinks you might be interested in. It also lets the company show you ads.
To stop Microsoft from being able to bombard you with ads, navigate to Settings then head to Personalisation.
Click on the link for the Lock Screen on the left. From the dropdown menu marked Background, select the option Picture or Slideshow.
Pick another picture or folder of images you would like to see instead of Microsoft's picks.
Scroll down in the same window and untick the option Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen.
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By default, Microsoft enables the Windows 10 Spotlight option for your lockscreen
Unticking the Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more option should remove the ads
If you like Windows 10's Spotlight feature but don't like the advertisements, Microsoft does provide a drop-down on the lockscreen where you can provide feedback on the pictures displayed, so you can use this form to tell the software giant that you don't want to see any more content like this.
The news comes as new latest details around the Windows 10 Start menu redesign emerged online.
Bt unlike the radical redesign that debuted with Windows 8 (which was met with widespread indifference) Microsoft appears to be planning a steady refinement of the design it first launched with Windows 10.
Renown Microsoft tipster Tom Hounsell published a new Windows 10 Start menu design concept.
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The redesigned Start menu includes a new transparency effect and Live Tiles, like those that defined Microsoft's mobile phone operating system.
The new transparency gives the menu a sleeker, more modern look.
Despite Microsoft having yet to confirm the plans, the leaked image has been backed up by claimed "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans".
Speaking with tech blog The Verge, anonymous sources suggested that the Redmond-technology company had been experimenting with these type of transparency effects for some time.
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Microsoft will likely reveal more details about its future Windows 10 design plans during the company’s Build developers conference in Seattle next month.
However, don't expect the new look to hit your desktop any time soon. Instead, the new feature isn't expected to drop until later in the year.
Then, it will be part of a larger refresh, reportedly dubbed Project Neon.